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May 6, 2016
GSDI 15 World Conference: Greg Scott Joins Keynote Speaker Lineup

The organizing team of the 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15, http://gsdi15.org.tw/) is pleased to announce that Greg Scott will shore up the conference’s already impressive keynote speaker line-up. Mr. Scott will join Mark Reichardt, President of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director of the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and Ed Parsons, the Geospatial Technologist of Google, in delivering thought-provoking talks on the status, trends, and future of spatial data infrastructure.

GSDI 15 is being held in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China) from 28 November to 2 December 2016, under the theme “Spatial Enablement in the Smart Homeland”. The Conference is being jointly hosted by GSDI and its Taiwan-based members, the Taiwan Association of Disaster Prevention Industry (TADPI) and the Taiwan Geographic Information System Center (TGIC), with strong support from Ministry of the Interior (MOI), Government of Taiwan.

Mr. Scott is an Inter-Regional Adviser on Global Geospatial Information Management, leading the UN Statistics Division’s Secretariat functions for the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), an inter-governmental mechanism created by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2011. Mr. Scott has more than 30 years of experience in developing and implementing holistic geospatial information outcomes for contemporary societal challenges. This includes a significant record of leadership and achievement in the application of integrated geospatial information analyses with scientific research related to: the environment; natural hazard risk; disaster and national security modeling and response; topographic mapping; delivering decision support tools; mapping systems; and methodologies that are recognized by peers globally.

“Our keynote speakers represent leading voices that not only have been transforming how geospatial data and technologies are managed and embedded in society, but these individuals are recognized for how they forge connections and partnerships across sectors and with other industries,” said David Coleman, GSDI President. “We are excited about what the keynote speakers will bring to GSDI 15 in November, and I’m sure conference participants will gain both knowledge and creative inspiration to take back home and apply to their SDI efforts.”

In addition to GSDI 15’s standout keynote line-up, the event also will feature exceptional featured speakers and technical sessions. The GSDI 15 Call for Abstracts will remain open until June 1st (see http://gsdi15.org.tw/CallForPaper). You are invited and encouraged to share your SDI practices, learn from colleagues, and broaden your collaborative network! GSDI will continue to add more details about the conference program to the Conference website in the coming weeks.

The GSDI 15 Conference Organizing Team

E-mail contact: gsdi-15-info@gsdi.org

About the GSDI Association

The GSDI Association is a global organization connecting professionals, students, companies and organizations for international cooperation and collaboration to support local, national and international Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) development. SDIs allow organizations, nations and regional governments to better address socio-economic, governance and environmental issues of pressing importance, using harmonized and interoperable location-based information. http://www.gsdiassociation.org

About the United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)

The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations. http://ggim.un.org/

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